We witnessed the launch of the Bavaria R40 in Cannes earlier this year, a fairly conventional flybridge cruiser (see Bavaria R40 video: first look). Bavaria has also launched a new 'E Series'. The Bavaria E40 is the first of these.

We got a first look at the new 2017 Bavaria E40 at Southampton Boat Show as you can see in the Bavaria E40 video tour below.


The Bavaria E40 is a boat of many firsts for the marque. It's the first to use a shaft drive, the first to include an aft cabin, and the first to use a sailing boat-inspired helm at the centre of the main deck.

The helm puts the skipper right at the heart of all the action from the dining station the bench and the cockpit. However, at night when there's a party going on you may need to exile yourself upstairs for a better view.

The shaft drive splits the accommodation into two separate sections. In the bow you have the master suite with a separate heads and shower. Aft, you have a full beam double cabin that can be configured for two separate guests.

The Bavaria E40 is available with or without the flybridge and with engine options ranging from 75-300hp as well as hybrid propulsion. With a 150D3 it has a range in excess of 700 nautical miles, which makes is a very easy, low octane family cruising experience.

Bavaria E40 video

Alex Smith takes us on a tour of the first in a new line from Bavaria in this Bavaria E40 video tour.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.